“The single mother who’s told me she’s filled out hundreds of job applications and been on dozens of interviews, but still hasn’t found a job. The father whose son told me he started working when he was a teenager, and recently found himself out of a job for the very first time in his life. The children who write to me—they’re worried about their moms and their dads, worried about what the future holds for their families. That’s who I’m thinking about every morning when I enter into the Oval Office. That’s who I’m signing this bill for. And that’s who I’m going to continue to fight for so long as I am President of the United States.”
In 2010, President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. This piece of legislation gave employers tax breaks for hiring new workers who had been unemployed for two months or more. It also granted a $1,000 tax credit to those employers who continued to employ eligible workers for one year. Businesses eligible for HIRE Act tax credits hired about 1.7 million African Americans, who were able to return to work in a time when many other businesses were cutting back on their workforce.
The HIRE Act is one of the many ways in which President Obama has committed to putting African Americans back to work. If you’re committed to continuing this progress, become a volunteer today.